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’Tis the season to switch to long-lasting LED holiday lights

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:00 pm

’Tis the season to switch to long-lasting LED holiday lights ’Tis the season to switch to long-lasting LED holiday lights Whether yours twinkle in multiple colors or sparkle in all white, holiday lights are a must-use element in nearly all homeowners’ seasonal decorating schemes. And those lights – once reserved for the tree – have migrated to multiple spots inside and outside the home, from mantels to eaves, windows, trees and shrubs.

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Call 811 prior to any digging project

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:00 am

When calling 811, homeowners are connected to New Jersey One Call, a local call center that notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. When calling 811, homeowners are connected to New Jersey One Call, a local call center that notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig.

South Jersey Gas reminds contractors and do-it-yourselfers to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. Every eight minutes, an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811, SJG said.

When calling 811, homeowners are connected to New Jersey One Call, a local call center that notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the proposed digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags or spray paint.

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Avoid the chill, save money with Energy Star this winter season

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 09:32 am

With winter less than two months away, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program has unveiled its top tips to save energy this season.

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Lighting, wine storage, mixed use of cabinetry are top kitchen trends

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 09:29 am

Lighting, wine storage, mixed use of cabinetry are top kitchen trends Lighting, wine storage, mixed use of cabinetry are top kitchen trends

Kitchens remain a top remodeling project in 2014, according to a study by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

Eighty-two percent of association members identify kitchens as their primary service offering.

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Good lighting can give kitchen, bathroom or bedroom a lift

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, October 21, 2014 09:19 am

Good lighting can give kitchen, bathroom or bedroom a lift Good lighting can give kitchen, bathroom or bedroom a lift

Good lighting is something many people don’t think much about until they don’t have it. According to the American Lighting Association, living in a well-lit room is a much more pleasurable experience than trying to cook, read, entertain or do just about anything in a dark, shadowy space. The association offers the following tips for improving the lighting in a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.

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Doing it yourself? There’s an app for that

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Written by Emily Lingo Tuesday, October 21, 2014 04:08 am

For a weekend project or spur-of-the-moment do-it-yourself idea, grab your hammer, nails and your cellphone. Whether it’s choosing a paint color or rearranging the furniture, cellphone apps can help make the process easier.

Here are a few apps to download to help with your DIY project.

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Beware of contractor scams

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 20, 2014 11:00 pm

At this time of year, many people hire home improvement services for everything from heating to roofing work, but with any home improvement job, it is important to do some research on a business to avoid falling victim to a scam, according to the Better Business Bureau.

Many scammers claim to be legitimate, but aren’t the roofing or heating contractor they claim to be. And although the scammers are out there, there are still many reputable home improvement contractors who will get the job done on time and within budget, the BBB said.

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Start saving energy today with Energy Star-qualified products

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 20, 2014 09:24 pm

Energy Star is a voluntary program established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the climate through increased energy efficiency. The program was created in 1992 under the Clean Air Act to develop, evaluate, and demonstrate nonregulatory strategies and technologies for reducing air pollution.

In 2005, Congress enacted the Energy Policy Act, which established a voluntary program for labeling products and buildings that meet energy efficiency standards. As a result, the Energy Star label was established to make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products.

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Keeping hardwood floors beautiful is easier than you think

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 20, 2014 02:00 pm

Keeping hardwood floors beautiful is easier than you think Keeping hardwood floors beautiful is easier than you think No matter what the setting, the good looks and durability of hardwood floors can be maintained with minimal effort, according to the American Hardwood Information Center. It’s simply a matter of proper care and maintenance.

The center, in conjunction with the National Wood Flooring Association, suggests the following care and maintenance guidelines to keep hardwood floors looking beautiful for years to come.

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Make sure contractor has registered before proceeding with any work

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, October 20, 2014 12:35 pm

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs requires any contractor who does home improvement work to register with the state. No home improvement contractor may offer to perform, engage or attempt to engage in the business of making or selling residential home improvements unless registered with the state.

Contractors who are doing work valued in excess of $500 are required to provide potential customers with a contract specifying the price and nature of the work to be performed, start and finish times, and other details.

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